Reflections…

_MG_0877OK, so I have a tendency to be self-absorbed at times and of course I love my own reflection in the mirror. Sometimes the parents catch me looking at myself in the big mirror. Don’t let them know, but I actually enjoy the nose prints I make as this causes Dad to go super crazy and we all know that is a fun adventure to watch.

In all seriousness reflections are a good place to contemplate where we have come from and the direction we are moving in. Life is a series of contemplations and reflections that is how we grow, change, adapt and inevitably survive.

Mom uses reflections with her patients to help them create healthy changes in their lives. Dad uses them when dealing with clients who are stuck with their stuff. I uses them to help me grow and adapt to this thing I call life.

One of the best parts of my life is how I have grown and am becoming a great dog. Yes I still get into trouble and my barking at dogs outside needs to be continually monitored. But I am maturing even to the point of being left outside that crate thing for an hour while they are gone. Granted they still do not leave all rooms accessible to me, which bums me out, but the freedom is awesome.

More importantly freedom allows us choices and liberties to speak freely and voice our opinions. Sort of like me voicing my barking about those dogs who are walking on my sidewalk.

However, with freedom comes a responsibility of being respectful of other’s feeling and boundaries. Also, we should never take for granted our freedom. Some in the world do not have that luxury of voice and choice.

Mom was reflecting how BIG I’ve become and how she would have liked me to stay little just a little longer so this picture is for her..

So reflect and be thankful.

Peace to all!

Perry

Road Trip…

photo-2I like road trips just as long as they are not too long and I get lots of breaks to check out the sights along the way. This past weekend Dad and I took a boys trip to SLO to see the grand units and hang out at my club up there Thousand Hills Pet Resort.

It’s a cool place where I can play with other dogs, run outside in the dirt and smell the country air. I have been there before and they take great care of me and the other dogs. I haven’t had the opportunity to stay in one of the “cabin/house” areas for boarding but I am keeping my paws crossed for next time. The best part is I got a bath and came home all fresh with a great mani/pedi. They really know how to hook a pooch up.

That said…the trip did not start out too great. As you may already know I am not really into cats. Unfortunately they remind me of the PITAS in our backyard a little too much and when I see them I cannot help myself. I just go POSTAL!

photoIn the first five minutes of getting to the grandparents I was good until I saw their cat Sassy. Now I have had a few encounters with her before and she always runs and hides quickly. This time she just stayed in the chair and challenged me to a stare down. Dad had me on the leash and was lying on the floor.

I was good but I was not having that kitty win the stare down. She looked a little heavy so I thought I could take her.  She needs Mom’s services but I didn’t feel the need to share that information with her since after all, she is just a cat. I’m not weightist, it’s just that I’m not fond of these creatures so why offer any help?

The next thing I know the cat hissed and I lunged forward with ferocious barking all the while Dad had my leash and I was dragging him and got tangled up. To make matters worse my pride was hurt as that cat got away and she’s not nearly as fast as I am!

Apparently I will not be getting a kitty for Christmas, as I just want to chase and make them run. Not very nice of me I know but those furry creatures make me CRAZY!

All in all it was a good trip since I got to be in the country and escape the big city. However, I really wanted to get home to see Mom. She has been working like a dog (Ha Ha I made a funny) and I wanted to give her some support.

Newsflash….Major stuff going on in the world so please say your prayers for people’s safety. It was a very mild day in Santa Monica, reporting in at a sunny breezy 74 degrees.

OK folks that is all for the Perry report this week!

Peace and Love to all (Mom says I even have to say that for cats so okay – peace to the cats!)

Perry

My Busy Week

photo-2Hello People!

This has been one fun busy week with lots of new people involved!

As you are well aware Mom does these Motivational Interviewing workshops but I don’t need motivation so not sure why anyone else would?? The important thing is she’s meeting all these fun people and I got to visit one group this week at Westside Family Health Center. The best part was Dad and I walked there since it’s close to the house, I got my picture taken with all the fun folks AND of course all pets and loves were abundant so no complaints here.

photo-3Next, I got to spend some quality time with my little friend Miami who came over to play and give me more love and attention. It’s been hot so we spent some time hanging out on the cool floor and I hope she comes back soon with her pretty Mom Jennifer. The little people always have more energy than the older parentals so they are always welcome in Casa de Perry.

And finally the parental units had to go to San Bernardino to do another Motivational Interviewing training at weCare, a group of pharmacists helping people with diabetes. Since it was far and they needed a nice place for the day for me for the day, I got to hang out at the Pooch Hotel. It is a really cool with lots of fun people and fellow four-legged friends. They even have a swimming pool but I did not get to go into that room. Maybe next time.

And finally I watched Dad pack up my crate and put it in the car. I overheard them talk about how him and I were going to go up to SLO to visit his parental units for a couple of days. I’m excited about going up the coast but not about the car ride.

The weather has been humid and muggy here in Santa Monica so nothing all that interesting from the Weather Weimaraner today.

Love and till next week,

Perry

Mom Teaches Motivational Interviewing at Westside Family Health Center

photoThe weather sure has been odd this past week folks…humid, overcast, not much sun and a little bit of rain. I really do not care as it does not prevent me from my daily walks and craziness. So as usual I remain the center spot light of the summer.

Last week I got to go to the country as the parentals were busy as usual. When are they not busy? I even got to spend a few extra days there as Dad had to do a job in Westlake Village.

However, it looks like my schedule is going to be crazy this week. I get the opportunity to go hang out at Westside Family Health Center, as this is one of Mom’s places where she teaches Motivational Interviewing and they like me so I get to go hang out and see the staff and patients. I cannot wait for all of the attention and affections I will be getting.  They are featured here at Mom’s training but I get to be featured with them for next week’s blog!

AND I get to go try out this new place call the Pooch Hotel because next Saturday the units will be teaching Motivational Interviewing in San Bernardino. No worries people – I love meeting new people and hanging out with new friends.  I do get a little anxious with anything new but I soon get over myself.

photo-2As for the news there is still a lot going on in the world so we need to pray for the safety of people and their families.  I do say my prayers every night before my “sleeps” as Dad says so I can have someone up there watching over me.

It’s a lazy muggy day in Santa Monica and I’m a bit bored so if you have some free time please come and hang out with me and if you have treats make sure to bring those as well!

Love Perry

No Baby is Going to Steal my Stage

muddytoyThis was a most interesting week. Mom’s been bragging about one of her Pepperdine interns Victoria who helped out a lot of on her website…but remember all I really care about is MY website and MY blog. Who cares about Mom’s sites?

Well, I finally got to meet Victoria and her husband Mark since they are having a baby soon and Dad was taking pictures. They brought a toy for the pictures and I was not having any of it. I saw that toy, went into the bedroom and took it out of the bag and paraded with it in the back yard. I even dropped it in the mud – that will show Dad to pay attention to someone else besides me.

I really am a nice dog – it just seems when I am not the center of attention something comes over me and I have to make it ABOUT me! Maybe it’s some sort of dysfunction in my canine brain or that I have a slightly narcissistic breed?

Anyway, Dad got so angry and I knew it since the veins were popping out, and I was afraid I wouldn’t survive this one. Uncle Andrew was helping to take the pictures and he tried to calm everyone, and his picture gets featured today due to my bad behavior . Anyway, Mom got home and put me in the crate and it was all over.

IMG_9237I guess I’m thankful Dad was able to restore the toy to it’s almost newish self. I’m more thankful I’m the only child in this household.

I promise more interesting ventures soon. Dad is starting a new cookbook that is going to have some really COOL delicious recipes and I will be sharing those with you very soon if I don’t drool over all the recipes beforehand.

And I almost forgot – it’s very odd weather today in Santa Monica – there’s been a LITTLE bit of rain, some very scary lightening which I am NOT used to and a partly-cloudy 75 degrees.

The Weather Weinaraner is signing off for this week.

Peace!

Perry

It’s about Mom this Week

photoUnfortunately this week is NOT about me.  Dad says it’s a nice change in the Dopart-Batchelor house since I may become too narcissistic.

Isn’t that what dogs are all about?  I’m not sure he knows this so maybe I just need to reinforce how the household works.  Maybe if I sulk here with the Mama Tooter blanket someone will feel sorry for me.

Mom redid her website and it’s all brand new.  The only reason she even knew how to navigate word press is because of my blog, but no one’s mentioning that.

So I guess I have to advertise for her this week.  If you want to take a look it’s actually pretty cool and much more complicated than my site.  If you want to know anything about nutrition and health here’s the place to go, but IF you just happen to want to know more about me, dogs, and dog nutrition just stay on my page.

The weather in Santa Monica this week is nothing to brag about – it seems to have reverted to June Gloom, although the sun is peeking out right now and it’s 73 degrees.  Much more next week my peeps!

Here’s to love and world peace!

Perry

Happy Coffee Weekend!

photo-2This weekend was very exciting and just a little bit of craziness. As you know the parental units are working away at some project or another but my energy level keeps me going…and well as everyone else in the house. That’s right folks – I still have my troublemaker self going strong which keeps them on their toes.

Like this morning – my itchy skin is back so I decided they had sufficient sleep and started my licking at 4:30 AM. I mean seriously, I went to bed at 8:30 last night and had my rest, but I want them on my schedule.

Dad was cool and got up with me and we went to the living room to let Mom rest. He was even patient with me and covered my feet with the blanket. It was pretty funny him using me as a pillow. He fell back asleep and we rested. OK, I was sort of cool and let him cruise through some Z’s but just for a short time. Then I woke him at 5:30 with a big load yawn in his face.

He mumbled something about my bad breath and we finally got up…

Next we went on a big walk and I got to see some of the neighborhood PITAS and that really got Dad walking. I was good and did not pull too much but those “friends” really get me going. They did not squeak like #1 PITA in the backyard.

Then things got really exciting since we went to Bar Nine Collective, a cool coffee-house in Culver City. My friend Zayde had the vision for making and serving the perfect cup of coffee and he made it happen. They even had a nice water dish for us canines.  I did get a little miffed since Dad got a yummy cookie and I did NOT since the canine cookies are at home.

With all this fun I had to have a serious moment. I hear there is a lot going on in the world lately and that makes me wonder, but glad I do not have to deal with it too much. We need to pray for people’s safety here in the US and to all my friends in other countries.

I mean I kept hearing about a “photo op” and got really excited. I love photo ops, so if any of you including the president wants one with me I will clear my calendar and pencil you in! You know me I love the attention people!

photoWell anyways, back to work folks!  We never really stop because there is always a project, which I love because I get to be a part of my pack.  I wasn’t getting quite enough attention as Dad was cooking this afternoon so I stole the Cook’s Illustrated magazine – LOTS of good eats in there but somehow Dad was not too happy with me.

So there you have it my life, some news and I am happy to report a warm, sunny 75 degrees here in Santa Monica.

Peace,

Punky